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“Hello world!” from Stripe, Yellow, Trina, Una, and Yves

"Since Hope for the Flowers was first published and won the Christopher Award for most inspiring book of 1972, I have received dozens of movie offers. But I have always dreamed that the movie could be made in a different way than the usual top-down Hollywood approach. I've always wanted to be able to make this movie with the help of all the fans who have loved the story over the years. Kickstarter finally offers me a way to fulfill this dream of Hope’s fans producing it."  ~Trina (author/ illustrator of Hope for the Flowers)

It takes a lot of butterflies to make a world full of flowers. It takes a lot of people to make a movie! 

"How does one become a butterfly?" she asked pensively."You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar." (pg. 75, Hope for the Flowers)

Will you "risk for butterfly" with us?

In the 40 years since its publication in 1972, millions of people have read Hope For the Flowers and have been moved by its message ~ without any major marketing campaigns Hope continues to be a perennial bestseller with 10 legal editions: English, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Thai, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, and more in the pipeline. We want to bring Hope to a whole new generation and spread its message even further throughout the world by transforming it into a beautiful animation. 

To do it right will take lots of butterflies! What we hope to raise here is just the beginning of both the team and the funding, an essential first step.

So, please join us!   We're ready to transformHOPE FOR THE FLOWERS into an animated movie. Our Director of Animation and support team are eager to begin. All we need now is for YOU to join us in this vision!

We hope lots of you join our Hope team as Backers, enough of you that we will be able to make it to "The End"...the full animation. Life is a series of "Endings" that become "New Beginnings". Just like a butterfly's metamorphosis, we envision this project will evolve in 4 stages. 

We are asking for enough money to complete stages 1 & 2 

(as well as cover the Kickstarter and Amazon fees and the costs of fulfilling the various rewards):

  • Stage 1 ~ The Egg: Yves Dalbiez, Hope's Animator Director, will test the basic approach and get the necessary equipment and staff set up to begin work on the pilot. 

    The egg stage of development usually takes about 3-5 days under the right conditions for any caterpillar to hatch! We anticipate that this will take us longer but we like the metaphor.

  • Stage 2 ~ The Caterpillar: Creating a pilot that can show the full possibilities of the animation. 

    We know that an exquisite pilot will take several months, but for Monarch butterflies this stage takes about 2 weeks. Other species have extended lives in this stage, like those who overwinter as caterpillars. We don't expect to stay in this stage quite that long. We hope to be able to move on to stage 3 sometime over the summer. All this, of course, depends on the support we receive from YOU!

  • Stage 3 ~ The Chrysalis: With the pilot and the support of our growing team, we go for the full production. 

    You'll be an insider during this stage of development. "It's an in-between house where the change takes place. It's a big step since you can never return to caterpillar life. During the change, it will seem to you or to anyone who might peek that nothing is happening- but the butterfly is already becoming. It just takes time!" (pg. 76)  

    The speed of our transformation depends on YOU! We'll keep you updated as part of the team! 

  • Stage 4 ~ The Butterfly: We celebrate the transformation of Hope into this new medium of animated film, and you will be able to help it fly to all corners of the world! 

    This is commonly called distribution, but we are also hoping to do this in a different way-- perhaps we should call it POLLINATION! As part of the HOPE team, with the DVD you have helped create, and with maybe some of your own persuasive passion you will be pollinators of Hope, "carrying the seeds of love" to families, schools, houses of worship, business retreats, hospitals, libraries, affinity groups, your social networks and every place Hope might find a niche. We'll need lots of butterflies to help in this part!

This will be an independent production that will allow all who love Hope For the Flowers to participate in its production from start to finish! We intend to be very responsible custodians of both the many levels of meaning in the parable and your money.

                    ~ HOPE & THE ANIMATOR: TRINA'S STORY ~

          Why has the movie not been done before?

My original dream of creating a movie from the ground up with the help of many butterflies never faded, enabling me to walk away from many big "Hollywood-style" deals, such as the one with Hanna-Barbera who wanted to make it the next Charlotte's Web. Each time I was approached by a producer interested in making the animation of my book, there was always one critical but absolutely necessary component missing in the proposal: a thoughtful animator that I could envision breathing new life into the story while keeping its many layers of meaning intact. 

When I first saw RIBA, I fell in love with the animation style and felt that the animator who created this would be capable of animating Hope for the Flowers in the Zen style that seems to fit the story. After so many misadventures with the film community, I finally had the courage to reach out to the animators of RIBA when I was approached with yet another offer to produce the film that I thought had the necessary funding attached. To my delight, Yves Dalbiez responded, "Your book looks just so beautiful and seems to completely match the universe of Riba. It's a great pleasure to receive your proposition."

We started a beautiful dialogue and made a soul connection. I believe I have finally found the key missing piece to transforming my book into an animated film, in the person of Yves Dalbiez, Hope's Director of Animation and the main Animator. The proposal that had provided me the courage to reach out to Yves in the first place dissolved, but we are working together now through Kickstarter and YOU to create the movie.

Yves was preparing to start work on the initial development of the Hope For The Flowers animation last March (2011). Although he's French, his home for the past 6 years had been in Japan. On March 11, disaster struck Japan: first, the earthquake, followed by a tsunami and the resulting nuclear catastrophe. Yves, as a French national, evacuated to France. Overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster in his new beloved homeland, he began volunteering with Japanese relief work. In the months that followed, he continued to use his talents as an artist to help in the healing process for Japan

Yves returned to finish his heart-to-heart work for Japan but towards the end of the summer realized that the country was too unstable an environment  for him to begin large project like the animation of Hope For The Flowers. He's back in France now and ready to begin work on Hope

Thank you,

Trina Paulus, Author/illustrator of Hope for the Flowers

Please realize the amount we are asking for in this campaign is just a beginning, and quality animation is both time-consuming and costly. The MORE support we get - the MORE we'll be able to do! We are all hopeful that this will lead to creating the full production. Maybe we can be kickstarted all the way through to the finished film. We dream of this but want to make no false promises, so have committed to working in stages.

We welcome each and everyone of you to join us in the creation of this project from start to finish. With your help, we hope to reach many of the 3 million plus fans that Hope for the Flowers has touched throughout its 39 years and find new supporters in the process. 

We hope you are inspired to be a part of our team by both becoming a BACKER and sharing our Hope Kickstarter Campaign with your friends and family through email, facebooktwitter, blogging, contacting or writing for any media sources that you have connections with to further publicize this project, and offering other creative approaches that you come up with. Please feel free to email us to brainstorm any of your fantastic ideas to help promote this project! 

Our HOPE is that we can realize the animated version of Hope For The Flowers during its 40th Anniversary celebration year, September of 2012 through 2013!

   ~ Heroes Stripe, Yellow & the Hope team are ready! ~

          WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR KICKSTARTER!

WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU TO JOIN OUR TEAM!!!

Click here to learn more about our Director of Animation: Yves Dalbiez 

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Hope for the Flowers has had many glowing reviews in its long life...

On February 11th, with Valentine's Day just around the corner, the Manila Bulletin in the Philippines asked writers the question: “Who is your favorite romantic literary couple and why?":       

"STRIPE AND YELLOW, the caterpillar couple in “Hope for the Flowers” – because nobody can hug the way furry worms can. The fact that they taught me priceless lessons about life, love, purpose, and how to unfurl my wings is a bonus. " - Samantha Sotto, Author of "Before Ever After"

"I read it with deep appreciation for its message." - Coretta Scott King

"A perfect book for anyone dealing with anything at anytime!" - X

“This book makes a few powerful points, but the main one is that success is not singularly defined and that what everyone considers the path to success, may in fact be ill-conceived, leading to all the wrong actions. But if you are open and accepting, the possibilities are incredible.”  

                                                               - Nancy Goldstein, Compass X 

Read more reviews of Hope hereGoodreadsAmazonGoogle

Please check out the various Backer Reward levels to the RIGHT--->>>

Is there something else related to Hope for the Flowers you would like to see offered as a reward? Contact us and let us know your ideas ~ we can add new rewards throughout the project.

Reward yourself with an autographed copy of Hope for the Flowers! Already have the book? Why not give Hope to a friend or 2? Contact us if you would like to get rewarded with multiple autographed copies of Hope to share with others.

How Kickstarter Works:

If you make a commitment to contribute, you will not be charged until the deadline. If the goal is not met by the deadline, you are not charged at all. 

If you want to contribute, click the big green button that says BACK THIS PROJECT or click on any reward that you would like to receive (if you would like to receive multiple rewards you will either need to create multiple profiles to select each reward or just increase your contribution to the sum of all desired rewards and contact us to make the arrangements and we'll take care of it!).

Don't have a credit card but want to support the project? Are you interested in a tax deduction? We do have a "fiscal sponsor", so please contact us for details!

Please email us with these or any questions at: inhopealways@gmail.com

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Funding period

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